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Rugby In Jamaica

The Jamaica national rugby union team represent the Jamaica in the sport of rugby union. The team have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournaments. The nation is classified as tier three by the International Rugby Board (IRB).

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Jamaica played their first rugby international in 1975 in a match against Bermuda, which Jamaica lost 10-16. They played two other internationals during the 1970s; losing again to Bermuda in 1976, and again in 1977. Jamaica began playing more rugby in the mid to late 1990s, and won their first match in 1998 - a 22 to 5 win over the Bahamas.

Jamaica took part in qualifying for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. They were knocked out of Round 1 (North) of the Americas tournaments by Trinidad and Tobago, losing 51 to 5. They attempted to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France in June/July of 2005. Jamaica drew their first game 10-all against Bermuda, but lost the second match against the Cayman Islands 8-18. They won their last game 5-3 over the Bahamas, and finished third in the group.

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